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GUEST POST: Playing God

2020-10-22T10:00:54+02:00Thu, 22nd Oct '20, 10:00|

“I was scared. Do you know what it's like to hold someone else's life in your hands? It's like playing God. Can you think of anything scarier than that?”- Sidney Sheldon Let’s start with something light. A great piece of news was announced by Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando, Chairman of the Malta Council of Science and [...]

GUEST POST: Not traitors

2020-10-21T15:42:39+02:00Wed, 21st Oct '20, 13:06|

It’s not unpatriotic to denounce an injustice committed on our behalf, perhaps it’s the most patriotic thing we can do. – E.A. Bucchianeri Last Monday the European Union said that it will start legal action against Malta and Cyprus over their ‘golden passport’ citizenship scheme. Which is being abused by criminals. EU Commission vice-president Maros [...]

GUEST POST: Tempus fugit

2020-10-16T08:04:00+02:00Fri, 16th Oct '20, 08:04|

“A week is a long time in politics.” The quotation is attributed to Harold Wilson, and was probably first said at a lobby briefing for journalists at the time of the sterling crisis in 1964. Interestingly, as Nigel Rees writes in Brewer’s Quotations records, Wilson himself, when asked just after his retirement as Prime Minister in 1977, [...]

GUEST POST: Bob, our super hero

2020-10-14T08:31:39+02:00Wed, 14th Oct '20, 08:31|

“The only difference between a hero and the villain is that the villain chooses to use that power in a way that is selfish and hurts other people.” Chadwick Boseman Our prime minister used to do bodybuilding. There are many photos of his physique on social media. He has a near perfect body, the body [...]

GUEST POST: Pinokkju

2020-10-13T07:55:47+02:00Tue, 13th Oct '20, 07:55|

“The only thing worse than a liar is a liar that's also a hypocrite!” - Tennessee Williams Pinocchio is a fictional character and the protagonist of the children's novel The Adventures of Pinocchio written in 1883 by Italian author Carlo Collodi. Pinocchio was carved as a wooden puppet by a woodcarver named Geppetto in a [...]

GUEST POST: Economical with the truth

2020-10-12T14:44:37+02:00Mon, 12th Oct '20, 14:44|

“I swear by Almighty God that the evidence I shall give shall be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.” The evidence coming out from the hearings of the Daphne Caruana Galizia inquiry is mind boggling and quite astonishing. It shows to what depth the core values of some people have descended, [...]

GUEST POST: On resignations and independents

2020-10-11T08:26:08+02:00Sun, 11th Oct '20, 08:26|

A small number of passionate Adrian Delia’s supporters have decided to resign from their official roles within the Nationalist Party. It is their right and one cannot blame or criticise them. This is a free country and the Nationalist Party is a democratic institution. I am not talking of those who chose theatrics and took [...]

Guest Post: Non te absolvo. An open letter to Joseph Muscat.

2020-10-08T08:12:29+02:00Thu, 8th Oct '20, 08:12|

  Joseph Muscat, you, crowned as man of the year in organized crime and corruption, resigned in shame from Parliament on Monday 5 October. You had resigned from prime minister in January this year, after a whole month of almost daily protests by civil society led by Repubblika and #occupyjustice. May I remind you Joe, [...]

GUEST POST: A candle at the end of the tunnel?

2020-10-05T17:30:44+02:00Mon, 5th Oct '20, 09:53|

As predicted the Nationalist Party has a new leader, Bernard Grech. Saturday’s election result proved that all surveys pointing to his victory were correct. He won 69% of the tesserati vote. That is quite a feat, seeing that Robert Abela managed about 57% of the delegate vote in his electoral victory over Chris Fearne. A [...]

GUEST POST: Collusion

2020-09-30T09:26:15+02:00Wed, 30th Sep '20, 09:26|

col·​lu·​sion | \ kə-ˈlü-zhən \ Definition of collusion: secret agreement or cooperation especially for an illegal or deceitful purpose acting in collusion with the enemy. The collusion between criminal and crooked mafiosi politicians with high police officers is now well known to one and all. The testimonies coming out of the Daphne Caruana Galizia inquiry and the compilation of evidence against Yorgen [...]

GUEST POST: What time and price for justice?

2020-09-28T12:58:21+02:00Mon, 28th Sep '20, 12:58|

Robert Abela, our prime minister, successor of the most corrupt political person in the world, has put an ultimatum for the shutting down of the Daphne Caruana Galizia public inquiry. The inquiry into the assassination of the journalist will be extended only one time until the 15th December, says Robert Abela. The prime minister said: [...]

GUEST POST: Tangled priorities

2020-09-22T09:29:10+02:00Tue, 22nd Sep '20, 09:29|

Last November, the Times of London published an article headed “The Island of Corruption” and alleged that Malta is “riddled with corruption and organised crime”. A study by Luca Ranieri of the Department of Law and Politics of Sant’Anna School in Pisa describes Malta as “a corrupting island in a corrupting sea.” He insists that [...]

GUEST POST: Holier-than-thou

2020-09-15T10:56:17+02:00Tue, 15th Sep '20, 08:07|

We are all sinful. The trouble is that some men consider themselves less sinful than others or holier than others – Bangambiki Habyarimanai So the Partit Laburista, in the name of good governance and transparency, wants the due diligence conducted by the PN Electoral Commission to be made public. They, at least, did not have [...]

GUEST POST: Come October

2020-09-12T11:13:23+02:00Sat, 12th Sep '20, 11:13|

Detail of front cover of "Fearless: The Story of Daphne Caruana Galizia" by Gattaldo. The original Roman calendar had only ten months, and October was the eighth month. January and February hadn’t been added to the calendar yet. Like its neighbouring months September, November, and December, the numerical name stuck even after Julius Caesar expanded the [...]

GUEST POST: Bernard, Adrian and the Labour trolls

2020-09-10T10:28:23+02:00Thu, 10th Sep '20, 10:28|

I just cannot fathom why the Partit Laburista has been attacking Dr Bernard Grech ever since he declared his candidature for the leadership of the Partit Nazzjonalista. Likewise, I cannot understand the Labour Party’s defence of Dr Adrian Delia. Imagine Eddie Fenech Adami publicly rooting for Karmenu Mifsud Bonnici or Alfred Sant or their internal [...]

GUEST POST: What are servants for?

2020-09-09T16:51:35+02:00Wed, 9th Sep '20, 16:51|

The word ‘Minister’ originates from the Old French menistrer “to serve, administer, attend, wait on” and directly from Latin ministrare “to serve, attend wait upon” from minister “inferior, servant”. Lately, the public has seen and heard about the work of a number of our formidable ministers. Their words and actions are for you to judge. [...]

GUEST POST: Look into my eyes

2020-09-07T10:31:56+02:00Mon, 7th Sep '20, 10:31|

While giving evidence at the public inquiry about the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in October 2017, Alfred Camilleri, permanent secretary at the Ministry of Finance, said that in the parliament building last year “someone had told me 'look me in the eyes and say I am not involved in anything',” while people were protesting [...]

GUEST POST: He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother

2020-09-05T08:40:27+02:00Sat, 5th Sep '20, 08:40|

“It's a long, long road, from which there is no return While we're on the way to there, why not share? And the long doesn't way me down at all He ain't heavy - he's my brother.” In 1969, The Hollies, a British rock group, released the song ‘He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother’ which [...]

GUEST POST: The scumbag and friends

2020-09-04T21:24:04+02:00Thu, 3rd Sep '20, 17:50|

John Sweeney of the BBC interviewed Joseph Muscat in January 2018 and called him the ‘Artful Dodger of Europe’ and ‘passport-seller-in-chief’. Today these adjectives look more like a compliment than an criticism. When, during that interview, Sweeney asked Joseph Muscat what has been the effect of the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia on Malta's [...]

GUEST POST: Pecunia Dirige Nos

2020-08-31T18:58:08+02:00Mon, 31st Aug '20, 18:57|

The police have lost all that they had gained. They had won over the respect and the support of the Maltese people. The people used to look up to them, the criminal used to worry about the police; nowadays it is like everything has turned topsy-turvy. – Beppe Fenech Adami A recent Eurobarometer survey that [...]

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